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Step 5: Install the AdaFruit Matrix Library and Test the Matrix

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You will need to install the "RGB matrix Panel" and the AdaFruit "Adafruit GFX Library" in your Arduino IDE. If you need help doing this, the tutorial is the best way to go.

I suggest you run some of the examples to make sure your RGB panel works before proceeding. I recommend the "plasma_32x32" example as it is quite awesome!

Important note: I found that if I powered up the Arduino before I plugged in the 5V supply to the matrix, the matrix would light up dimly. It appears that the matrix tries to draw power from the Arduino and that's definitely not good for it! So to avoid overloading the Arduino, always power up the matrix before you power up the Arduino!